This week’s Wordbound prompt was: What is your favorite word? Write a scene around that word. The first word I thought of was opalescent. I think it could have worked in either of the two ongoing stories I’m working on, but I had an idea for a short story instead and it definitely helped me work out some things I’ve been dealing with this week. I don’t have the full story finished well enough that I feel comfortable sharing it, but here’s part of it.
As Evanna approached the light, she saw that it was coming from a small flower on the ground. She stopped just in front of it when it suddenly shot into the air, coming to rest at her eye level. She stared in surprise at the flower floating in front of her, its petals shimmering in different shades of pink and yellow as it moved. Evanna was scared. She knew she should probably just leave it alone. But something told her she should reach out to it. She slowly lifted her hand toward the light and gently touched the glowing petals. At her touch, the flower slowly began to move forward. Evanna stood still as it moved a few feet, then stopped, seemingly waiting for her to catch up.
Writing Goal Updates
This week was really rough. I’ve had a problem staying focused on one story long enough to actually make progress, so, one of my writing goals for the year was to choose the three stories that I was most excited about to work on. And now I’ve narrowed it down to two. The first two are ideas I’ve had for a long time and keep coming back to. They both involve people fighting for what’s good and what’s right and it makes a lot more sense to me right now to just work on those two stories.
The third, the one I’m giving up for now, was just supposed to be silly and happy and funny and I just can’t do it right now. And thanks to this project, I know I’m not alone in this feeling. It’s just not the story I want to be writing right now. I had thought it would make me feel better to write something completely removed from all the terrible things going on in the world, but it didn’t. I would write a single sentence and then stare at my computer with nothing else to say. I’d still love to write it someday, but right now I need to be writing something that helps me feel more hopeful because I’m so tired of feeling hopeless. I didn’t write nearly as much as I would have liked to this week, but I feel more determined than ever to keep writing.
This week’s Wordbound prompt was: There is a door. It is closed.
Once again, I worked the prompt into my fairy tale/fantasy story.
Leo approached the door and attempted to open it, only to find it locked. He heard silence fall over the room on the other side.
“It’s Leo,” he announced. He could hear the noise pick up again and suddenly the door swung open to reveal Sienna wiping sweat from her forehead.
“You’re just in time,” she said, “I think Gideon needs a break.” Leo looked over her shoulder where Gideon was standing with Ana.
“Always keep your thumb on the outside of the fist,” they heard him say, “It’s much easier to injure it if it’s on the inside.”
Writing Goal Updates
I was a little surprised I actually got any writing done this week considering certain political events that happened, but I actually managed to write two full chapters. Although, the story I worked on does involve a group of young women fighting against a horrible king, so I guess it was pretty appropriate for the situation. I also managed to finish a basic outline of my fairy tale series and I’m taking a drawing break to write this now.
This week was awful, but it was nice to have my little fantasy world to retreat to, which I have a feeling I’ll be doing a lot of over the next four years when I need a break from things. And after seeing so many people marching today, I’m feeling more inspired than ever, not just in my writing, but in everything. There are a lot of terrible things going on in the world, but there’s still so much good to see.
This week’s Wordbound prompt was: A character writes a secret message somewhere. I was worried I would struggle with what to do with the prompts, but this one fit in perfectly with where I am in my fairy tale/fantasy story. I haven’t been working on it as much as I’d like, and this definitely pushed me to pick it up again.
Ana tore away a small scrap of paper and quickly scribbled a note.
Meet me in the library tomorrow after breakfast. –A
She wandered the halls of the castle until she saw Bash. As they silently passed each other, she pressed the note into his hand before quickly walking away, hoping no one saw them together. Ana then went in search of Tristan.
“Ready for our date?” Tristan said as she approached.
Writing Goal Updates
I definitely wrote more this week than I did last week and I felt a lot more motivated to write. As for my specific goals, I did manage to stay focused on my three big projects, but I only managed to finish one chapter and do a bit of outlining. I haven’t done any drawing yet, but it’s on my to do list for this weekend.
So I didn’t write as much as I would have liked, but I’ve barely written anything since NaNoWriMo, so this week was definitely an improvement. I usually keep everything I write to myself, so then it doesn’t feel like a big deal if I don’t write for awhile because no one else would know. This makes me feel like, in some way, I have someone to answer to, so I have to write something. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to write even more.
It’s time for a change. Over the last couple years I’ve made it a general goal to write more, and I have, but not nearly as much as I would really like to. I won NaNoWriMo the last two years and worked on several stories outside of November, but I have a lot of stories started and left unfinished. So this year, I decided to make some more concrete goals to go after. Then I discovered a project started by one of my favorite Youtubers, Kristina Horner, and it seems like a perfect way to keep myself accountable to those goals. Every Wednesday a new prompt will be added to be shared with the hashtag #wordbound. This week’s prompt is:
What are your personal writing goals for 2017, and what does #wordbound mean to you?
Writing Goals for 2017
- Stay focused on my three main projects instead of constantly bouncing between ideas and never finishing anything.
- Finish a detailed outline of the fantasy series that I’ve been working on and write at least one chapter a week. It’s going to take a long time to finish this one, so the sooner I get focused, the better.
- Draw more so I can improve my skills and draw characters, etc. to go along with my stories.
- Write at least 2 chapters of something a week.
- Actually share my writing with others in some way.
The biggest meaning wordbound has to me is to just write as much and as often as you can without worrying what other people will think about it. I think I sometimes put off writing because I get so anxious about the possibility of other people reading what I write. If I don’t write anything, then there’s nothing for anyone else to see. I also sometimes find myself changing stories as I’m writing them because I don’t think people will like them or they’ll like something else more. I don’t want to do this anymore. I want to write the stories in my head as I see them and I want to get comfortable enough with my writing to share those stories with other people.
I’m so excited to see what comes from wordbound, and thank you, Kristina, for starting this project!